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FIRST-PERSON: Not forgotten

March 5, 2007

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)--One of the difficulties of serving as a missionary is battling the oppressive feeling that you are laboring alone, buried in obscurity and forgotten. The struggle is harder when you are serving in a country where the general population doesn't even want you to be there. It grows heavier when friends from home forget to write. The devil tempts you to believe that they have also forgotten to pray and that you are making no difference.

WEEK OF PRAYER: Former Muslim buoyed in sub-Saharan desert by church’s prayer

December 18, 2012

PRINCE GEORGE, Va. (BP) -- Late one night in the sub-Saharan desert, Ibrahim* felt God leading him to read John 14.       "Your heart must not be troubled, the passage begins. "Believe in God; believe also in Me" (HCSB).       A Christian had given him a Bible in
1993. As the son of an imam (teacher of Islam), Ibrahim had been struggling to reconcile the God of Scripture with what he had been taught -- that it was blasphemous to call Jesus the "Son of God."

SBC of Virginia installs Brian Autry as exec

December 5, 2012

HAMPTON, Va. (BP) -- When church planter Clint Clifton was asked if the SBC of Virginia could do a video spotlighting his story of church planting during its 2012 annual homecoming, he didn't think it would lead to a spontaneous offering.

‘You need an ophthalmologist? That would be me.’

January 6, 2016

LESOTHO (BP) -- "We really need an ophthalmologist, one who specializes in disease of the eyes in children." The request by missionary Teresa Flora was hard for pediatric ophthalmologist Dave Klink to ignore, since he had been praying about how the Lord might want him to serve.

Naghmeh Abedini regrets emails of marital woe

November 16, 2015

NASHVILLE (BP) -- The wife of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini has voiced regret for emails she sent to close friends reportedly accusing the pastor of spousal abuse stemming from what was described in press reports as his addiction to pornography. In two emails to close friends, Abedini disclosed that her marriage to Saeed Abedini has been troubled by "physical, emotional, ...

Sammy Tippit’s prayer life undergirds his evangelistic zeal

April 4, 2022

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP) -- God still is calling His people to evangelism, and veteran evangelist Sammy Tippit has added identifying and encouraging new evangelists at the same time he continues proclaiming as well as training and equipping those who are drawn to God’s love through Sammy Tippit Ministries’ worldwide evangelistic outreaches.

Floyd en Fox: Los estadounidenses deben ‘regresar a Dios’

January 23, 2015

NASHVILLE (BP) -- Cuando los estadounidenses se enfocan en el discurso del Estado de la Unión del presidente Obama, deben considerar el estado espiritual de la Unión, dijo el presidente de la Convención del Sur, Ronnie Floyd durante una aparición en el canal de noticias Fox el 20 de enero. "Creo que es tiempo de que los líderes religiosos de nuestro país se levanten y animen a nuestro país a regresar a Dios," dijo Floyd vía Skype en "La historia verdadera" de Fox. "Este país se cimentó en una fuerte fe cristiana hace muchos, muchos años, y es tiempo de que entendamos que ya no podemos dejar nuestra fe en la puerta como una pieza de equipaje."

Coup in Mali: Baptist family waits for calm

March 26, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. (BP) -- Southern Baptist workers in Mali are prayerfully waiting out the unfolding military coup that erupted in the West African nation March 22.

Floyd on Fox: America must ‘return to God’

January 20, 2015

NASHVILLE (BP) -- As Americans focus on President Obama's State of the Union address, they should also consider the spiritual state of the Union, Southern Baptist Convention President Ronnie Floyd said during an appearance on the Fox News Channel Jan. 20. "I believe it's time that the faith leaders of our country stand up and encourage our country to return to God," Floyd said via Skype on Fox's "The Real Story." "This country was based off of a strong Christian faith many, many years ago, and it's time that we understand that no longer can we check our faith at the door like a piece of luggage."

69th National Day of Prayer features several national broadcasts, many virtual prayer events

May 6, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BP) -- Christians will mark the 69th National Day of Prayer Thursday (May 7) with several virtual prayer and socially distanced events throughout the day, culminating with an ecumenical virtual prayer program broadcast nationally from 8-10 p.m. EDT that features several Southern Baptists. Kathy Branzell, a Southern Baptist and this year's National Day of Prayer Task Force president, will co-host the evening broadcast with evangelist Will Graham, vice president of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.